Kathy Kleiman is a pioneering attorney, programmer and data security auditor. She co-founded ICANN's Noncommercial Users Constituency in 1998. As an attorney, she founded one of the first Internet Law practices. She is also a Senior Policy Fellow in the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law, the founder of the ENIAC Programmers Project, and the Co-Founder of Domain Name Rights Coalition.
Kathy is the former Director of Policy with the Public Interest Registry; she led advocacy and policy initiatives in an effort to promote a user-friendly and safe domain space. She joined the PIR in 2010.
She was also the organizer of the Privacy Conference Building Bridges on ICANN's Whois Questions in Vancouver. The Conference featured numerous experts from Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner, CIRA, Nominet, and Japan Registry Services. She is also renowned for her research surrounding female ENIAC programmers. Kathy is the director of ACM's Internet Governance Project.
Kathy has participated extensively within ICANN, on its task forces and committees. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Whois Review Team, and the Vice-Chair of the Registration Infrastructure Security Group.
- President/Senior Internet Law and Policy Counsel, Internet Matters.
- Senior Internet Law and Policy Attorney, Dozier Internet Law.
- Internet Law & Policy Specialist, McLeod, Watkinson & Miller.
- Associate of Telecommunications Law, Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth.
ENIAC Programmers Project
During her undergraduate career, Kathy Kleiman heard about the female ENIAC programmers, which inspired extensive research and writing on the topic. She attended ENIAC's 40th anniversary and met the programmers personally. Kleiman felt the need to tell the untold story of the six women who programmed ENIAC, the first all-electronic, programmable computer; thus, she founded the ENIAC Programmers Project. She is working to make a full feature documentary about these women. The official site of the project can be found here.
She says "I'd like to let women and men and girls and boys know that computing is not just for geeks, that amazingly interesting, bright, creative women were the first programmers, and that the industry still needs amazingly interesting, bright, creative people".